Heat 1: Davis Torgerson Evan Smith Youness Amrani Cody McEntire and Trevor Colden
Heat 1 featured some really technical skating. Torgerson was solid, attempting difficult tricks and getting scores in the 6 and 7 range. Smith was his usual self wowing the crowd with vert tricks only he tries. McEntire was good and Colden looked his best all year. The top 3 from this heat were Trevor Colden with a 29.7, Cody McEntire with a 27.4 and Davis Torgerson with a 27. Colden had run scores of 6.8 and 5.9. On his third best trick attempt he landed a crooked grind nollie flip transfer into the bank for an 8.5 and it put him in first place. Cody McEntire had run scores of 6.4 and 5.1. His best trick was a switch flip shifty off the big set for a 7.4. Davis Torgerson had run scores of 6.3 and 7.3 and a backside smith grind 180 was his best trick. He got a 7.3 for it.
Heat 2: Tom Asta, Kelvin Hoefler, Tommy Sandoval, Nyjah Huston and Sean Malto
Huston and Hoefler were the two guys trading blows in this heat. Huston got a 7.6 for his first run and an 8.5 for his second run which was really fluid. Hoefler got run scores of 7.0 and 7.7 and both guys turned it up in the best trick section. Huston’s best trick was an 8.6 for a half cab back smith 180 out. Hoefler’s best trick was a kickflip crooked grind down the big section’s hubba for an 8.6. At the end of this heat Huston was on top of the leaderboard followed by Hoefler, Colden, McEntire, Torgerson, Sandoval and Asta.
Heat 3: Ryan Decenzo, Louie Lopez, Matt Berger, Chris Cole and Luan Oliveira
Heat 3 is where things started heating up literally. All these guys were going for big tricks the entire time. At the end of this heat all five guys made it into the top 8, bumping out Cody McEntire and Davis Torgerson who had scores of 27.4 and 27. Oliveira was the star of this heat. His four top scores included an 8.4 for his first run which was nearly flawless and a 360 flip noseslide for an 8. These guys left the standings smoldering. The entire leaderboard was rearranged with Huston in first followed by Oliveira, Hoefler, Decenzo, Berger, Colden, Cole and Lopez.
Heat 4: Peter Ramondetta, Manny Santiago, Matt Miller, Ishod Wair and Ryan Sheckler
Heat 4 was entertaining even though a lot of points weren’t scored and nobody managed to crack the top 8. Most of the guys bailed on a lot of their attempts in the best trick section because they were trying difficult tricks. It took Peter Ramondetta three tries to land a back tail shove it, which is remarkable, but not making it on your first try doesn’t help in Street League competition. Manny Santiago landed a nice 540 shove it over the gap for a 7.3 but that was his only score above a 7 and he had three bails. Matt Miller had the highest scored trick in the heat, an 8.3 for a nollie front 180 fakie nosegrind. Ishod Wair had two great run scores of 7 and 7.5, but his first two tricks in the next section got him scores of 5.8 and 6.4, and his remaining three attempts were scoreless. Ryan Sheckler was the only one to crack the top ten in this group, and even he had three bails. It was just a tough day for Heat 4 overall.
Heat 5: Paul Rodriguez, Felipe Gustavo, Shane O’Neill, David Gonzalez and Chaz Ortiz
Heat 5 was stacked with SLS vets so it wasn’t a surprise when this group of guys made an impact on who would make it into the finals. Once they took their fourth trick attempt it was clearer exactly how they’d affect the standings. When it was all said and done Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez and Chaz Ortiz managed to make it into the top 8. It may sound obvious, but they truly got there with tricks that earned high scores. O’Neill got the first 9 Club of the day on his second run, a run full of switch tricks and he skated so well he qualified in first overall. Rodriguez got the second 9 club of the day with crooked grind nollie heelflip, and qualified 5th. Ortiz had no 9 club scores but he did have multiple 8’s. His next two lowest scores were 7.7 and 7.6 — evidence of his ability to rack up points. Out of all 25 skaters he was the only one to qualify for the Super Crown on points alone, before today’s competition in New Jersey, without winning a stop. He qualified in 7th.
Stop Two: New Jersey Prelim Results
1. Shane O’Neill 33.8
2. Nyjah Huston 32.4
3. Luan Oliveira 32. 2
4. Kelvin Hoefler 32.0
5. Paul Rodriguez 31.6
6. Ryan Decenzo 31.4
7. Chaz Ortiz 31.3
8. Matt Berger 31.2
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